University of West Florida offers Veterans Tools for Success
By: Rebecca L. Baisden
Have you heard of the “VSOC” program? It stands for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) VetSuccess on Campus program – and University of West Florida is a location spot! Through the VSOC program, VA places experienced vocational rehabilitation counselors on college campuses to assist the growing number of Service members, Veterans, and dependents attending school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and other VA educational programs.
These VSOC counselors are trained to provide academic and vocational guidance to Veterans, and help connect them to other VA benefits, including health care and mental health services. The VSOC counselors maintain close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities, referring Service members, Veterans and dependents as needed and providing assistance applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits. University of West Florida’s VSOC counselor can be found on campus at the Military and Veterans Resource Center in Building 38, Room 141A.
VetSuccess on Campus services are available to Service members and Veterans eligible for any of VA’s educational programs, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill, as well as VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. VSOC counselors can also assist dependents of Veterans who are receiving VA education benefits, including eligible spouses attending school through the Post 9/11 GI Bill and eligible children.
In addition, VA’s Education and Career Counseling Program offers a great opportunity for transitioning Service members and Veterans to get personalized counseling and support to guide their career paths, ensure most effective use of their VA benefits, and help them achieve their goals. Visit University of West Florida’s VSOC counselor on campus to learn more about this program.
VA’s GI Bill website offers tools to help Veterans transition from military service to student success. For career assistance, including connecting to employers looking to hire Service members, Veterans and dependents, the new Veterans Employment Center on eBenefits is a one-stop-shop offering online tools and resources.